1. Preceding a vowel.
2. Of or relating to a form of a linguistic element, such as a suffix, prefix, or word, that occurs only before a vowel.


(Grammar) (of a consonant) coming immediately before a vowel
ˌprevoˈcalically adv


(ˌpri voʊˈkæl ɪk)

immediately preceding a vowel.
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Note that once again only yr (and crucially, not y) can replace the proclitic form, as is appropriate if the proclitic is a reduced form of the prevocalic variant yr.
3], it is imaginable that the merger of the two rhotics yielded different results in different dialects, with West Saxon generally favouring the posterior quality (as argued by Tristram 1995) and Anglian retaining the anterior articulation at least in prevocalic positions.
R): The use of labiodental [u] variants of /r/ in prevocalic position: 'red' [ued], 'brown' [buaun].
Metathesis, a specific phonological development consisting in an alteration within the sequence of sounds in a word was usually materialised in the development of English as a shift of a prevocalic consonant to a postvocalic position or vice versa.
The realization of orthographic y and ll in prevocalic position varies a great deal among Spanish dialects.
witu, both forms evincing the original prevocalic *-iV- vs.
Livonian prosody is unique among the Uralic languages in contrasting at the same time (a) short and long monophthongs, diphthongs, and triphthongs, (b) prevocalic single and geminate consonants and word-final short and long consonants, and (c) lexical tones (at least the plain tone and the broken tone or stod) in stressed stem-initial syllables and in using (d) different coda weight to multiply the number of possible sound patterns.
There are prevocalic and preconsonantal allomorphs of the ergative markers.
1) In the first volume of Studia Anglica Posnaniensia, the editor contributed a piece on prevocalic consonant clusters in the history of English, including, of course, Old English.
One day the noted Uyghur troublemaker, Al Mar-Fuad showed up in English hunting tweeds and a deerstalker cap turned sideways, with a sort of ultimatum in which one might just detect that difficulty with the prevocalic r typical of the British upper class.
These features included single prevocalic consonants, such as /k/, /t/, and /r/, and consonant digraphs, such as [wh], [wr], and [ck].
prevocalic v has a w sound, as in "way" prevocalic I has a y sound as in "yes" prevocalic ci has a sh sound as in "shop" a followed by a doubled consonant has the short u sound as in "tub.